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From Daniel Bryant <>
Subject Re: Searching for document by id in a sharded environment
Date Tue, 10 Dec 2013 19:36:19 GMT
Thanks for your replies Ahmet and Joel!

We have now determined that the exclamation point wasn't the issues, and 
our query actually had too many boolean expressions in (more than the 
default 1024).

Apologies for any confusion this may have caused - the issue went around 
my team like the childhood game of telephone, and the initial problem of 
the "too many boolean expressions" was thought to have appeared due to 
the "!", when in fact some other code had been committed which didn't 
batch large delete by id queries. This caused us to start looking for a 
solution to a problem that didn't exist :-)

Thanks again for the quick response!

Best wishes,


On 09/12/2013 12:21, Ahmet Arslan wrote:
> Hi Daniel,
> TermQueryParser comes handy when you don't want to escape.
> q = {!term f=id}156a05d1-8ebe-4f3c-b548-60a84d167a16!643fd57c-c65e-4929-bc0e-029aa4f07475
> On Monday, December 9, 2013 2:14 PM, Daniel Bryant <>
> Hi,
> I'm in the process of migrating an application that queries Solr to use
> a new sharded SolrCloud, and as part of this I'm adding the shard key to
> the document id when we index documents (as we're using grouping and we
> need to ensure that grouped documents end up on the same shard) e.g.
> 156a05d1-8ebe-4f3c-b548-60a84d167a16!643fd57c-c65e-4929-bc0e-029aa4f07475
> I'm having a problem with my application when searching by id with SolrJ
> CloudSolrServer - the exclamation point is misinterpreted as a boolean
> negation, and the matching document is not returned in the search results.
> I just wanted to check if the only way to make this work would be to
> escape the exclamation point (i.e. prefix with a slash, or enclose the
> id within quotes). We're keen to avoid this, as this will require lots
> of modifications throughout the code on a series of applications that
> interact with Solr.
> If anyone has any better suggestions on how to achieve this it would be
> very much appreciated!
> Best wishes,
> Daniel

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